Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Day

October 25, 2019

Understanding the importance of ongoing professional learning and development, CAFRA has designated the 4th Friday of each October (October 25, 2019) as an Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Day. This will be a day where ECE’s have the opportunity to learn together, unite under the common focus of continuous professional learning and become stronger as a community.

Substantial research on high quality Early Learning and Child Care programs worldwide clearly demonstrates that the greatest indicator of program quality is the knowledge, education and capacity of the Educators who work with children and families. In other words, educational preparation and the ongoing learning of Educators remains central to the quality of Early Learning and Child Care.

Please click the links below to see what some of our CAFRA centres are doing during the ECE Professional Development Day for 2019!

City West Childcare & Community Support Society
Jasper Place Child and Family Resource Centre

What’s New?

Do you know of any upcoming professional development opportunities that would be of interest to CAFRA members? E-mail Vicki at admin@cafra.ca to have it added to the website and/or calendar. There are a few NEW opportunities posted now.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development. The Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development recognize professionals who make life better for children and families. Nominating these professionals, teams and programs honours excellence in their field. Doing so also celebrates their outstanding work with children at programs licensed or approved by the Government of Alberta. Find out more here. Nomination deadline is September 27, 2019.

The School Age Child Care Directors Association of Alberta (SACDA) is conducting a survey to gather information relating to SAC/OSC (School Age Care/ Out of School Care) across the province of Alberta. It should only take 5-8 minutes to complete. To participate in the survey, go here.

What’s New?

Everyone can now read about our new Board of Directors under “About CAFRA.”

Leadership Opportunity! AECEA invites AECEA members to submit an application for nomination to serve on the AECEA Board of Directors. Go here for more information: https://aecea.ca/webform/board-nomination.

First membership meeting of 2019-20 is September 19 at Southview Child Care. All members as well as potential new members are invited to attend! Hope to see you there!

What’s new?

In the wise words of author Marty Chan: “If the candidate or party that I chose doesn’t win, it will mean I will have to work harder to shape the world I want to live in. If my candidate or party wins, I know the work isn’t done and I can’t rely entirely on a government to make my world better.” Whether your candidate did or did not win, we can all agree we have lots of work to do together! (Check Marty Chan’s Facebook page to see the rest of his quote.)

April and May are busy months for Professional Learning opportunities! Check out “Upcoming Events” under “Professional Learning” to see what’s coming up.